Summary: The Da Vinci code claims that Jesus’ divinity was established by a close vote. This message looks at what Jesus said about Himself, what others said, what history proves about His divinity.
Cracking the Da Vinci Code #2 – Was Jesus God?
Over the past 25 years there have been several attempts in Hollywood to smear, put down or challenge the Christian faith. For some reason Christians tick off the Hollywood elite. It may be the same reason that cockroaches, rats, skunks and mice don’t like it when you turn the light on, and only come out in the dark…just a thought.
I remember in college a movie called the “Life of Brian” coming out that riled the church. There was the “Last Temptation of Christ” controversy. And how many ABC, CBS, NBC, and National Geographic specials has there been trying to explain away the virgin birth, or the resurrection, or miracles? And what about the continual defamation of Jesus and His name and His church in many media outlets? You must conclude that Hollywood has a Jesus problem!
Even the “Passion of the Christ” movie was opposed!
They would dare portray Islam like they do Christianity.
The Da Vinci Code is the latest attempt. You may ask, “It’s just a movie and a book, why get so upset about it?” Good question.
It is a movie and a book that claims to be supported by fact. It tries to come across as the truth and crosses all kinds of lines, real, factual and historical lines. It takes history and throws it away creating a “new history.”
There will be many who will see this compelling movie and believe what it says about the church, about Jesus and about a conspiracy to suppress the real truth about Jesus.
The story is really a pretty good one. It begins with a murder in a museum. The man murdered we find out is the last of 4 people in a secret organization that had been protecting a huge secret: that Jesus was married and had a baby with Mary Magdalene and that this royal bloodline continued through the ages.
Before his death he had left a scattering of clues that would lead the right person to discover this truth. All the while the Catholic Church has commissioned a monk to hunt down and kill anyone who knows this secret to continue the cover up. This secret, if exposed would destroy the church as we know it.
The story is pretty good, but in the midst of it there is a lot of so called fact that is no where near the true story. It is fiction that is made to look like fact – on purpose.
Last week we looked at the issue of whether we got the real Bible or not.
It is the kind of stuff that would really rock the faith of those who don’t know any better, and unfortunately, there are a lot of people who don’t know any better in America today.
Lets put this whole Da Vinci thing into a scriptural category:
1 John 2:18-23 (NLT)
18 Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared….22 And who is the great liar? The one who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Such people are antichrists, for they have denied the Father and the Son. 23 Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father either. But anyone who confesses the Son has the Father also.